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Outlander: (Outlander 1) by [Gabaldon, Diana]
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'Scotland's answer to Game of Thrones'
Herald

THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING OUTLANDER SERIES. As seen on Amazon Prime TV.

What if your future was the past?

1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage.
But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer - her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.

Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach - an outlander - in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.

Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

(Previously published as Cross Stitch)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4739 KB
  • Print Length: 868 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (31 August 2011)
  • Sold by: PRH UK
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099911701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099911708
  • ASIN: B005E87VRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I am a fan of this series, and had to restart my collection after my first kindle was stolen (I had removed it from a shared account which meant that I could not re-access "the cloud"). I was not aware that this was an abridged version of the original novel. This is not at all clear in the description. Do NOT buy this book, purchase the original.
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Historical fiction? Historical romance? Crossover fantasy? Spiritual quest? Morality drama? It is difficult to know how to categorize this, the first book in the 'Outlander' series, and perhaps that is a symptom of the gloriously wild, unruly story it contains, driven apparently unwittingly but really expertly by its two main characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser. If you are expecting CROSS STITCH (known as OUTLANDER in some countries) to follow a familiar formula, think again. It will surprise you at virtually every turn and just when you think it can't surprise you any more, its closing scenes will take your breath away.

There are only two truly fantastical elements to the story. One is an encounter with a certain mythical creature endemic to Loch Ness; the other is Craigh na Dun, the stone circle which, after the novel's rather unpromisingly sedate start, marks the true beginning of the story when it transports Claire from her post-war second honeymoon in the mid-twentieth century Scottish Highlands to the center of a minor skirmish between English redcoats and Mackenzie clansmen in the same location two centuries earlier. The reader at least gets to share the suspension of disbelief required here with Claire, who understandably takes a little time to accept this mind-bending turn of events and her new circumstances as a hostage of clan Mackenzie. The clan soon adopts her due to her apparent skill as a healer, which they have no idea she acquired as a nurse in the Second World War, but she will always be a 'Sassenach' ('outlander') to them.

The more Claire settles into her new life, the more interesting and compelling the story becomes.
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I could not put this book down! I loved the characters, the sense of place, the outrageously impossible premise and the series of events that unfolded as I took rather large size bites out of this enormously long book. Pages literally flew by- thank goodness for Kindle or I would have had carpel tunnel syndrome by the end.

This is a tale that has so many enticing aspects: history, romance, adventure, a little bit of violence and a lot of sex. [Having also seen Series 1 of the excellent tv series, I now understand what they mean by it being a bodess ripper]. I don't normally read books like this, but a friend told me about them and I was intrigued by the time travel aspect. And then, like the proverbial first drag on a ciggie, or puff on a joint or sip of some whiskey, I was addicted. I even found myself researching the times and the Jacobite uprising and the clans. I can see why there are clubs that swoon over Scottish history.
I also highly recommend the TV series, which is pretty faithful to the books. If you decide to take on Ms Gabaldon's Outlander series -where does she find the time to wash up or cook tea?- settle in for a long engagement. It takes true commitment, but so far well worth it.
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Gabaldon writes in the first person for Claire and uses much historical reference to actual events which I found fascinating being a fan of the genre. The writing is descriptive and compelling - often starting with the end scenario and then going back over the details that led to the event. Claire's romance with Jamie is sublime and I must admit 'The Wedding' chapter is singularly one of the most romantic I have ever read and was extremely well interpreted in the TV series (if not improved upon). I am currently reading the other books in the series and enjoying the deep delving into the Jacobite revolution and the slave trading of the era. I have seen others compare this to Ken Follets 'Pillars of the Earth' and they are correct with the comparison of lives constantly beset by tragedies. It also has a similarity to 'Fire and Ice' except we're only following the two main characters as they roam the countryside of the north and not the GOT cast of thousands.
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I've read this before with the title Cross Stitch. I thoroughly enjoyed the read again. I love the historical side of it even though the author points out that the dates with regards to witches had to be altered to fit in with the rest of the story.
The herbs mentioned in the text were used for similar ailments as today, though we now know more of their potential, and potency.
The love story is enchanting and the character of Jamie could only have been created by an authoress, Diana Gabaldon knows exactly what fits the mould of the perfect hero when writing for the female reader. Maybe he fits the mould for the male population too, I can't comment on that.
I look forward to the next book in the series, again, I read it many years ago, but relish the idea of a re-read.
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Wow, just wow. As someone who has never read anything slightly historical i was a little worried going in but i was curious. This blew my mind in so many ways.
Its passionate, original, and engaging. It leaves you wanting more and even after reading the 800 odd pages i had not had enough. I havent seen the show but might look into it now.
Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. What can i say. "Sassenach" is used so often and yet so kindly from his mouth. He is strong, grounded and truly a great character, he is pretty darn near perfect.
Claire is strong willed, determined and she adapts so well. I liked her character a lot, her voice didnt annoy me and i think her reactions and way of coping were brilliantly written.
I look forward to continuing on with this series.
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